For the first time ever, the Klaglahachie Fine Arts Society (KFAS) has produced a show of all youth actors with a show coming up at the end of the month.
The play, Monsters Under the Bed, tells the story of Stephanie, who has invited some of her friends for a sleepover. Stephanie and her friends try to get to sleep, but the monsters under their bed have other ideas. One-by-one the monsters come out to frighten the girls, and soon everyone is too scared to sleep.
Fortunately, the children quickly realize that the monsters are not literal monsters, but are merely metaphors for their own personal fears. With the help of Stephanie’s older sister, the girls come up with ways to put their fears aside, and as soon as they do, the monsters disappear, never to return.
Directors Suzanne McCormick, Tiffany Toma, and Brielle Wolfe hoped to see no fewer than 14 youths audition, which is the minimum number of actors required for the play.
A total of 45 showed up.
The directors were so enamoured with all who auditioned, the job of casting the play was extremely difficult. The hope is to produce more youth theatre programming in 2018 so as many people as possible have the opportunity to participate.
Monsters Under the Bed will be Klaglahachie’s second of three shows this year.
Earlier this year Things My Mother Taught Me played in Ponoka, Rimbey, and Edmonton in the spring. Currently, Once Upon a Mattress, a musical comedy based on the story of The Princess and the Pea, opens Nov. 25. Klaglahachie has been producing community theatre and showcasing local talent in central Alberta for the past ten years.
The Monsters Under the Bed plays at Ponoka United Church on Saturday, Oct. 28 at 2 p.m. Admission is by donation. There will also be several performances for local school groups. The production is sponsored by Birchland Dental Clinic.